Delray Beach tennis star Cori "Coco" Gauff advances at Wimbledon with round two win

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 19:54:25-04

WIMBLEDON, England — A teen tennis star from Delray Beach is continuing her momentum at Wimbledon after winning a round two match on Wednesday.

15-year-old Cori "Coco" Gauff defeated Magdalena Rybarikova from Slovakia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Gauff now advances to round three, where she'll play Polona Hercog from Slovenia on Friday.

"I think I can beat anyone who's across the court," said Gauff after the victory. "If I don't think I can win the match, then I won't even step on the court."

Gauff made history earlier this week when she beat her idol, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4.

According to the U.S. Tennis Association, Gauff is the youngest player to reach the third round of Wimbledon since 1991.

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Gauff, who was born in Georgia and now lives in Delray Beach, is the 12th youngest player to compete in women's singles at Wimbledon since 1968.

On Wednesday, family, friends, and fans packed the Paradise Sports Lounge in suburban Delray Beach to cheer on Gauff at a watch party.